- When a book captures your mind and you cannot put it down or stop thinking about it, this is an example of a time when the book obsesses you.
- When you are consumed or haunted by thoughts of your lost love, this is an example of a time when you obsess.
To obsess is to think about someone or something to an extreme extent.
to haunt or trouble in mind, esp. to an abnormal degree; preoccupy greatly
Origin of obsess; from Classical Latin obsessus, past participle of obsidere, to besiege ; from ob- (see ob-) + sedere, sit
to be obsessed or preoccupied: usually with about, over, or on
verbob·sessed, ob·sess·ing, ob·sess·es
To preoccupy the mind of (someone) excessively.
To have the mind excessively preoccupied with a single emotion or topic: “She's dead. And you're still obsessing” (Scott Turow).
Origin of obsessLatin obsid&emacron;re, obsess-, to beset, occupy : ob-, on; see ob– + sed&emacron;re, to sit; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present obsesses, present participle obsessing, simple past and past participle obsessed)
- (passive, constructed with with) To be preoccupied with a single topic or emotion.
- Some people are obsessed with sports.
- To dominate the thoughts of someone.
- Thoughts of her obsess my every waking moment.
- (intransitive, colloquial, construed with over) To think or talk obsessively about.
- Stop obsessing over it, will you!